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Emergency Architecture and Development

Learn about participatory design, slum upgrading, post-conflict and post-disaster contexts

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The official Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture is a unique MSc degree that prepares architects to develop and rebuild communities affected by rapid urbanization, poverty, conflict and natural disasters. The program forms part of the Erasmus Mundus European Cooperation Program and is located in Barcelona at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC).

Interdisciplinary and Interscalar

The only masters with a joint focus on international cooperation, sustainable urban development and emergency architecture that enables practitioners to manage projects with a holistic approach and ranging from the urban to the architectural scale.

Prestigious faculty

A prestigious roster of renowned international professors from the field of humanitarian architecture and design and the emergency and development sectors, as well as collaborating institutions and INGO’s, including UN-Habitat and the IFRC.

Multicultural environment

Much like our faculty, our students span over 30 different nationalities from both developed and developing countries around the world,  making for an exceptionally international and enriching learning environment, and a valuable professional network.

Job opportunities

A mandatory internship provides the connections and experience needed to secure positions in areas such as post-disaster and post-conflict contexts, foreign aid, human settlements, slum upgrading and infrastructure development.

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Building Back Better: A Compilation of Key Lessons on Disaster Recovery

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Haznet, the Canadian Risks and Hazards Network‘s dissemination platform, has published a new issue of their magazine title Build Back Better, which include contributions by our faculty member Lorenzo Chelleri…

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5 Reasons Why Gender Matters in Urban Development

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The lasting legacy of patriarchy has it that the study of gender inequality is essentially a story of female discrimination. All you have to do is look at the headlines…

Urban Resiilience Network Call

Open Call for Contributions to Urban Resilience Network

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The Urban Resilience Research Network (URNet), founded by our faculty member Lorenzo Chelleri, is launching a new research project aimed at building a global database of case studies exploring urban…

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Postdisaster Experts Weigh in on Rebuilding Puerto Rico

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Just over a month ago on Wednesday September 20, the fifth-strongest storm ever to hit the US made catastrophic landfall on Puerto Rico, killing at least 49 people and upending…

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